Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Random Rantings

I've been meaning to write about this for a long time. My work # is one digit away from a telemarketer's number. The difference seems to be a zero vs. an eight. You would be SHOCKED at the number of people in this country who: 1) call random #s back that show up on their caller id; and 2) can't tell the difference between an 8 and a 0. When I get to work after a weekend or even just overnight, I can tell that my telemarketer was at work because I'll have 8 or more missed calls with any number of voicemail messages ranging from "Don't ever f***ing call me again." (to which I respond, "I didn't, you idiot.") and "I'm just returning your call." Who the bloody hell calls telemarketers back????

2nd rant of the day has to do with people who do not appreciate window seats. I'm not talking about on the plane, because I'm an aisle person myself. I'm talking about at work. I work in a massive building (I've been told it holds 6500 people) and up until they moved my group to Building C (for Crappy) I always had a window seat (to me, a window seat is any desk from which you can see the window w/o having to stand up. I was always a row or two away from the window, but again, to me, that's a window seat. Since the move in September back to Building A (for Fabulous – although it's really not, just is in comparison to Building C) I'm stuck a good six rows from the window, but besides that there's a supervisor cube just on the other side of my row toward the window and supervisor cubes are higher than regular peon employee cubes. And to top it off, the jackass supervisor has a huge poster board of something jutting up an additional 3 feet (almost to the ceiling). Anyway, in all the years (six) that I had a window seat, I never once closed the blinds and my computer screen always faces the window so there's a glare. To me, when you're stuck inside working for 8+ hours a day, you put up with a little glare and you keep the blinds open, so you can have a clue what the weather is outside. And you don't feel so claustrophobic. Now I literally never have any idea what it's doing outside, unless I check the Freep before leaving. I get in early enough that I will go to the windows and open the blinds before anybody else is in. I had a battle of wills with the group near the windows, until they finally figured it out and there's now a compromise. They leave the blinds open, except on one window. I think the window seat people are spoiled and need to be moved away from the windows and their desks given to people who appreciate a glimpse of the outside – like me!

Here in Michigan I've heard a number of people say that if it's going to be cold they want snow and also that they want to see the sun. I disagree on both scores. First off, snow does NOT make cold weather any more palatable. In fact, to me, it makes it that much worse, because snow sucks – just for the record. And the sun issue? Here's the deal: when it's sunny in Michigan in January or February, you can guarantee that it's bloody cold. Case in point: last week the sun was blindingly bright and it was, as I like to put it, freezing butt cold – negative windchills, etc. Yesterday and today, the temps have been in the 30s and 40s, respectively, and guess what, it's cloudy!! I'd much rather have it be 40 and cloudy than sunny and -20, which is what it's going to be tomorrow. Yup, good ol' Michigan, the temperature is going to have a variance of 60F degrees in less than 24 hours. I'm going to be an unhappy camper walking to work tomorrow. Have I told you that I hate winter? I'm not sure I have.

I leave next Tuesday after work for Vegas. I'm bummed because it's not going to be "Kathleen lying by the pool while HRH takes on the house" weather. ;-( I have no clue what I'm going to do Wednesday & Thursday while HRH plays blackjack. I was hoping to lie by the pool and read a book. Ah well. [Okay, I know that I'm a self-confessed grammarian, but I have to admit that I have always had trouble with lay vs lie. I thought it was people lie on beds, but you lay the book (or some other inanimate object) on the table, but I'm just not sure. Can anybody help me on this point?]

My LB and his girlfriend (whom I quite like – first time ever) are coming down from NorCal and on Friday we're all going to Zion National Park. Saturday we're going to the Valley of Fire and then Sunday, the LB, his GF and I will be going hiking at Red Rock (HRH doesn't hike – she likes looking at nature, but doesn't like to be "in" it). I'm very excited. It'll be nice to see the LB and spend more time with his GF who just seems to be quite lovely.

I finally took a picture of the very cool purse I got for my b-day way back in August that I never posted. I also took a pic of my first knitted lace scarf. I swear I'm going to buy an external hard drive and get my music off the computer and download pictures. Sometime this century you'll be inundated with all the pics I've taken since last April. (Road America, Baltimore, Maine, Vegas, scarves, purses, etc.)

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At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Blogger LL said...


Just buy one of those flash drives and stick it in your USB port. My bro gave me one of his old ones and it is... awesome.

At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Blogger dr sardonicus said...

Sounds like a trip to Vegas is just the thing to make Michigan winter bearable. Have fun!

At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Anonymous Smed said...

I gotta see the sun! Oh, and I'll be in Dearborn soon at a client.

At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

LL - I have a LOT of music...

Doc - Amen!

Smed - Excellent. You still have my #? Or e-mail...

At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

I had a home office number that at one time belonged to British Airways at Metro. People would call and ask for information on departures and arrivals. Never mind that I answered the phone and said my companies name. If I was feeling full of fun I would make stuff up.

A lady once called and asked if what time such and such flight was coming in. I I asked her some questions and then started banging randomly on the keyboard just to sell it. Then I told her the flight ws diverted to New York. She got mad and asked how ws her friend going to get to Detroit. I told her I didnt know. Then she got really mad and said "But he doesn't speak english!" To which I replied, thats OK, a lot of peole in New York don't speak english.

Then she got really really mad and demaned top speak to my supervisor. I just said no. She hung up, called back and yelled at me more.

I was amused.

Anyway, I have to get back to class. I'll explain that and have more later.

At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Blogger MW (Just 'Cuz) said...

I thought it was people lie on beds, but you lay the book...

You're right. That's the rule.

I used to hate that rule when I first learned about it in college. It just seemed totally wrong. I even made a point of ridiculing it in the only "novel" I have ever completed. That "novel" has been collecting ether dust on my various computers for almost 20 years because I'm sure no one would want to publish it. ;-)

At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Blogger fermicat said...

Ha! I was bitching about telemarketers on my last post. But I never considered calling one back. I did put their number into google, which is how I know lots of other people hate this particular entity too.

I'm with you on the windows. If people don't want them, they are free to move and let someone else see the light. I work in the basement (which sometimes feels like a dungeon, especially when it gets really cold). I'd kill for a window.

I love trips to the desert. Post those pictures on Flickr so I can travel vicariously through your trip!

At Tuesday, 29 January, 2008, Blogger Rick said...

You STILL haven't bought that external drive? What did I do that research for?

(hoping to guilt you into pulling the trigger)

At Wednesday, 30 January, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Jorge - I hate talking on the phone so I wouldn't voluntarily keep people talking if I don't have to.

MW - Whew! Got it right!

Fermi - We have lots of desks w/o windows we can move you to if you don't appreciate your view of the outside world.

Rick - Soon, really soon...I promise. ;-) Or have I bought it and I'm just saying I haven't to bring you out of lurk mode...

At Wednesday, 30 January, 2008, Blogger Ben O. said...

Yep, you can always tell when it's going to be cold here in Colorado because there ain't no clouds.

I actually like snow, though.

I guess I'm strange that way.

Ben O.

At Wednesday, 30 January, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

Wait. You talk to strangers because you love to chat, but you hate the phone? I'm not sure I understand that.

And continued from last night:

That same number was close to a local movie theater as well. I'd get calls for show times every now and then. I don't think I made those up.

I did have a message once from a guy whose neighbor wanted to see Saving Private Ryan, but since he was apparently "cut him out of the house" obese needed to know if the theater seats would "fit" him.

I didn't answer that one either.

Window seats.
I used to sit at a window and then someone gave the director a floor plan and a crayon and I am now pretty isolated. I used to pull the blinds if it was too sunny, but if the sun wasn’t coming in I was content to open them.

I find I like the cold less as I get older, but it takes a fair amount to make me cold. And I can take it better than heat or worse yet, humidity.

When I get cold I can add another layer. With heat you get to a point where you're stuck sweating. Ever seen Cool Hand Luke? I am perfectly capable of sweating like that just watching a sunrise on TV.

Are you a vacation "relaxer" or is it just in Vegas? I don't gamble either, and given my recent (and forthcoming) rant on the rancid stench of smoldering death weed I don't think I would do well in a casino.

I am always on the go when out of town. I pack as much into a day as I can and come home tired and happy.

It's good to like your in-laws or potential in-laws. If you don;t get along it makes things hard on you and harder on your sibling.

My last post was done during a break after a microbiology test. I finished with 30 minutes to spare (with an A) and found an empty computer lab with some available, which was nice.

So there you have it.

At Wednesday, 30 January, 2008, Blogger Beth said...

Ugh, why did I have to read Jorge's dumbass comments before fully reading this post? Blargh! I had to comment to him and yes, I hope he reads it.

That scarf/shawl pattern is a KEEPER! I am going to knit that sucker up!

At Wednesday, 30 January, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...


I welcome all feedback, but I'm afraid you've lost me.

What comments? Where?

I'm a man of strong and often seemingly outlandish opinions. I recognize and admit this freely.

While I know that doesn't please all of the people all of the time, I seem to manage to please some of the people some of the time. I find that's enough for me.

If I've offended you I'm terribly sorry. It's nothing personal.

All the best.

At Wednesday, 30 January, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...

Oh, and Kathleen-

Thanks to you too for putting up with my hyjinx.

In person people often found me delightful. Or at least that's what I keep telling my wife.

At Wednesday, 30 January, 2008, Blogger Sal said...

I moved a person into a window space, he was so happy he bought me a desk plant. It turned out the guy next to him thoroughly despised the outside world for some reason and there was almost a scuffle when the poor little guy tried to open the blinds. Unfortunately the light hater won out and the little guy ended up sitting next to me, but we won out in the end the next person to move into the spot (a woman) opened her blind looked him in the eye and didn't blink. Now I can watch the same 2 girls having cigarettes all day long!!

At Thursday, 31 January, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Ben O - IMO, sadly, you're not alone in your love of snow. We're supposed to get 6-10" tomorrow which will not make me happy as I have dinner plans.

Jorge - You're welcome here anytime, even I generally disagree with your politics. ;-) Even if you are one of those people who close the blinds. I'll relax the first two days because HRH will be gambling, but then it's off to be Nature Girl. I'm usually exhausted after vacations because my days are cram packed.

Beth - A pattern? Did I link a pattern or send you one? I've been meaning to, but don't have your e-mail.

Sal - You should have moved CrankyButt to a desk in the basement. ;-)

At Thursday, 31 January, 2008, Blogger Sal said...

HEHE, I do have that power and have sentenced 3 people to an existence in the "lower level." Truth is I'd rather be down there, no one comes down to bother you.

At Thursday, 31 January, 2008, Blogger LL said...

You can get those flash drives up to 8Gigs for about $65... do you really have THAT much music?

At Friday, 01 February, 2008, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I get all holier than thou when it comes to spelling and sometimes grammar, but I don't know the difference between lie and lay either.

As for windows, I don't have one. I get up all the time and walk to the window. I have to see the outside. It would drive me crazy if I don't get up and see the outside, so I know where you're coming from there.

As for snow, I haven't experienced snow as a problem since the 80s when Dad and I had to park in the car and wait for the snowstorm to die down. That was in the Sierras. We also were in a blizzard in Denver too. Not fun. But I've been so removed from snow (besides skiing and snowboarding) that snow isn't a pain in the culo any more. Although my folks did leave the Midwest for California because they got tired of the snow. I was a kid though.

Have a blast in Vegas!

Have a blast in Vegas.

At Friday, 01 February, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

LL - LOL!! My iPod Nano is 8G and it holds a FRACTION of my music. I will easily need 1?? GIGS.

ZombieSlayer - I left Michigan in 1996 for SF thinking I would stay there forever because I hate winter so badly. Little did I know that I love summer more than I hate winter and was tired of the cost of everything. I think I'm also just a midwestern girl at heart.

At Friday, 01 February, 2008, Anonymous goingloopy said...

I don't mind if it's cold, but I hate ice. A lot. And actually, right now, I have an office with a window (we're understaffed), and it's cold in here. And because of how my desk sits, it's ONE SIDED cold.

When I first had a window, after being in a non-window office for a while, it was totally distracting. I'm on the 29th floor, and you can see a lot. OOH, shiny....

PS - In response to your comment on Lando's blog, we only live about 15 minutes away from each other. :)

At Friday, 01 February, 2008, Blogger Jorge said...


I was just messing around over on the WVSR. I know you're an F1 fan.

I will admit I don't particularly care for it, but that's more to do with who rasied me than anything else. Big Lou was a dyno tech on the Chrylser race team back in the mid to late 60's. He built engines that Petty won on in Daytona.

He had two things to say about racing- One, there's no substitue for cubic displacement and two, the F1 cars sound like air compressors going around the track.

And then there's also Robert Duval- ..rubbin' son, is racin'.

Acutally I used to hang around with a couple of people who used to travel to grand prix races and work them. Do the names Barb and Dave J. mean anything to you?

Also, if I am going to watch any kind of race, I prefer olympic swimmng. Most people can't stand it, and I get that.

Anyway, please don't kick my ass if you see me out running around.

At Sunday, 03 February, 2008, Blogger Fantasy Writer Guy said...

There are many sad sad tragedies in this world but few so sad as people who call back numbers of missed calls just to find out who called them and why - or for any similarly pointless reason. There's nothing sadder than living a complete absence of a life. Why they don't leap off a bridge instead I can't fathom.

At Sunday, 03 February, 2008, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I know where you're coming from. I like California, but it's just not feeling like home here. I can't see myself here 10 years from now.

At Monday, 04 February, 2008, Blogger Beth said...

We already e-mailed. I'm still e-mailing you. lol

At Monday, 04 February, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Loopy - Yeah, I was thinking about you on Thursday & Friday when they said we were going to get 10" of snow from a weather system coming from Oklahoma.

Jorge - Actually a Champ Car fan which sounds way better than F1 and Cup cars. Only been to one F1 race in my life and it was okay. Too damned expensive and I don't like giving money to Bernie. And for the record, rubbin' is NOT racin'. ;-)

FWG - Thank you!!! That's my thought!

Beth - I hope you get the pattern to work. Don't let anybody interrupt you while you're in the middle of a row!!!

At Monday, 04 February, 2008, Blogger Kathleen said...

Zombieslayer - I always say "It's a nice place to visit, but I don't want to live there."


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